How Do You Like To Color?

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If you don’t already think I’ve done flipped my lid by now, you probably will after this.

Am I really going to break down an analysis of how I colored a baby Elmo picture?

Yes I am. I’m going for it. Grab a seat!

I learned long ago to stay in the kitchen anytime I am cooking hard boiled eggs.

So I stood at the kitchen island and went through my to-do list while my toddler played with cars next to me (and by that I mean he banged them loudly everywhere).

I caught a glimpse of his Elmo coloring book in my peripheral. I thumbed through it and saw an adorable coloring page of a baby Elmo.

I cocked my head to the side and I thought, you know, red Elmo would look nice in a baby blue diaper with a corresponding blue pacifier, and a nice bright center color to make it all pop.

Then I was like what! That’s a kids book! I’m an adult. I need to schedule bills and project income and form a budget!

So as soon as my toddler took a nap and I got the eggs safely off the stove, I grabbed the twistable colored pencils nearby and I sat down at the table and colored the picture.

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And it was fabulous.

I was in control, it was all about me, I controlled the colors, I controlled the pace, I did it exactly the way I wanted and no one was there to stop me or have an opinion.

Now I know why kids like to color so much.

How do you like to color? Do you remember? I think the way a person colors a picture says a lot about them. Fast and furious, or cautious and methodical? Maybe a combo?

I remember my first day of preschool.

My dad was probably late for work. He stayed to do puzzles with me to help me relax but I was scared. No way was I staying in an unknown environment without a fight. Will I be ok here?

I remember my beloved teacher, Mrs. Delp. She tried to help me relax, bless her.

I remember she smelled good. I told her once that she smelled like brownies. It was probably very awkward for her, but she took it in stride, and I promise it was a grand compliment.

She and my dad walked me over to the big table where all the other kids were, happy and excited.

They were finger painting as a first day warm-up activity. There was a spot just for me, with a big glop of red finger paint on the big white paper.

But there no way was I touching that stuff, and I cried. I hate to get my hands dirty. I wanted to keep them nice and neat.

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I just wanted to hang back and observe first. I did eventually relax and smile for this picture.

I’m a lot of the same now. Cautious, not making any sudden moves, really checking things out first to make sure it’s safe to relax. Always looking ahead for a safety net. Planning.

I think coloring is a lot like life. I like to color by safely outlining the perimeter of whatever piece I’m coloring. Like Elmo’s diaper here.

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After it’s outlined, I’m okay to get a little crazier on the inside. But I want to know where I’m headed first.

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I actually spent a lot of time thinking out the colors and planning ahead, weighing all options.

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The bear was unfortunate. It doesn’t always work out like you planned.

I didn’t have a brown, and the green really seemed like a good idea at the time. But hey, this slow, methodical non-risk-taker took a risk. Can’t win ’em all.

I would imagine that a wilder, crazier, confident, fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants type would color something a lot different.  Wild colors, using the sharp edges, coloring outside the lines.

I would love to see all of the different Elmos there would be. Different Elmos aren’t bad Elmos. They’re just different.

Maybe I’ll do it differently one day. But for now, I like things nice and neat.

So see, I learned something about myself, and I don’t owe anyone a co-pay. Win-win.

You should try this!

Anyone that’s ever had a little person in their house for more than 5 minutes probably has a stack of half used coloring books and crayons.

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Think you don’t have time?

Have you ever mindless scrolled through social media and at the end of an hour wished you could get that time back?

I certainly have.

You have time. This is better.

How do you like to color? Do you remember?

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